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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Dubai to turn its waste into transport fuel


A Dubai municipality in the UAE will build a facility that can
turn municipal waste into transport fuel.

A Dubai municipality in the UAE will build a facility that can turn municipal waste into transport fuel through a deal with an international consortium of green companies, The National reported last week (June 24). The consortium Earth Power Group announced that negotiations with Dubai are in the final stages and that the project will be operational in two years. The Center of Material and Process Synthesis of South Africa (COMPS), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Alye International make up the consortium.

A $25-million to $30-million module that can take in 50 tons of municipal waste daily will be Dubai’s first investment, Alye International’s group chief executive, Virgil Perryman, told The National. About 2.7 barrels of synthetic fuel can be produced from every ton of waste.

Dubai will provide the land and supply of waste for the privately-funded project, added Perryman. Location has not yet been decided.

An integration of older technologies will be used by Earth Power for the project. The Fischer-Tropsch process, which converts synthesis gas into liquid hydrocarbons will be used.

Revenue will be coming from fees normally paid to landfills for collection, recycling fees, and sales of electricity, synthetic fuels, and other by-products. One by-product, a wood substitute that can be used for buildings, is expected to be in demand, Perryman told The National.

Synthetic fuels could reportedly be used to dilute petroleum-based fuels at first. Once cities are able to produce enough of the waste-based fuel, the switch to synthetic fuels can already be made.

Dubai has been studying waste-to-energy programs to solve its garbage disposal problems since last year. Waste disposal tripled in Dubai from 2000 to 2007, with the volume increasing from one million tons to 3.5 million tons. Industrial and construction waste reportedly increased to 10.5 million tons from 3 million tons.

Earth Power is negotiating with other municipalities in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the US, and Spain to develop similar projects.


Jen Balboa


Source:

1 http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090624/BUSINESS/706249968/0/test

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